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Issue 366 - 28 February 2013


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Second worker jailed for fraud

A worker has been jailed for three months after accepting workers’ compensation payments from Victoria while working in Western Australia.

This is the second worker in Victoria to have been handed a jail sentence for workers’ compensation fraud since January.

The Safe-T-Bulletin previously reported that Rita Mercuri, 44, from Epping in Victoria, had been sentenced to 16 months’ jail in late January. Eight months of her sentence had been suspended for two years; however, she has since been released on bail pending an appeal against the severity of the sentence.

In the latest compensation fraud case, Robert Howard, 53, of Mt Rowan, pleaded guilty in the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court to fraudulently obtaining more than $50,000 in compensation payments while working in Western Australia.

WorkSafe Victoria said in a media statement that Howard injured his shoulder while working at Ballarat Goldfields Pty Ltd in 2009. He then submitted certificates stating that he was unable to work; however a WorkSafe investigation found he “was working in Western Australia for various mining companies between June 2010 and July 2011”.

WorkSafe said Howard was convicted and sentenced to nine months’ jail, with six months of the sentence suspended for two years, and was ordered to repay $54,000.

For more details, visit WorkSafe Victoria

 

 
   
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